Concerned about dry, flaky skin?
Maybe you’re prone to sensitive skin, which flares up for no reason?
Or perhaps fine lines and wrinkles are forming, as a result of premature ageing?
Well, can we let you into a little beauty secret? Macadamia has an amazing affinity with your skin.
Each precious drop is ever SO rich in essential fatty acids; it will literally have your skin crying out for more.
Not convinced? Then join us, as we introduce you to one of nature’s best-kept secrets.
What exactly is macadamia nut oil?
Our motto here at the Naked Chemist is “what goes on, goes in” – and this is certainly the case with this gorgeous nut oil.
Here in NZ avocado gets all the attention, but macadamia is lowkey great at everything, and a little less showy about it.
Carefully sourced from the pulp of the macadamia nut, it is pressed into a luscious elixir. Amazing for all skin types, the oil is rich in potent antioxidants, and essential fatty acids – it is packed with insane amounts of palmitoleic acid, 22%, an essential fatty acid that decreases in content as skin ages, making macadamia a true superfood for your skin.
It is a complete multitasker, a real skin hero. Not only is it a fantastic moisturiser for targeting dry skin conditions, it’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties help to calm and soothe sensitive skin, it is also great for mature skin types and can help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
And if that wasn’t enough, other than squalane and jojoba oil, macadamia nut oil is the closest match to the naturally occurring sebum found in your skin – it is easily absorbed and it won’t clog your pores, which makes it great if you suffer from breakouts and acne-prone skin, the fact that it is anti-inflammatory, means it will also help with acne breakouts that are inflamed.
This is the reason you’ll find it in copious amount in our bio lipid, ever so rich in macadamia nut oil and esters, and infused with skin-identical ingredients including lipids and ceramides, Bio lipid complex is the perfect oil to balance and rebuild a compromised skin, even oily/combination skin types.
The fatty acid profile that makes it a superfood oil
So whether you apply this oil topically or consume it, you’re giving yourself a real health and beauty boost; just check out the list of benefits macadamias essential fatty acids bring to the skin;
- oleic acid 54-60% – is extremely moisturising and anti-inflammatory, making it perfect for dry and sensitive skin types
- linoleic acid 3% – restores the skin’s barrier function and keeps skin hydrated by reducing transepidermal water loss (TEWL)
- palmitoleic acid 22% – is a building block in our skin, helping to prevent burns, wounds, and skin scratches, and is an active anti-microbial
- phytosterols act as penetration enhancers, delivering the important ingredients into the deepest layers of your skin
- It contains the perfect 1-to-1 ratio of essential fatty acids, making it essential for heart health
When you eat it, this oil has the perfect balance of omega 3:6 ratio – essential fatty acids our bodies can not manufacture, making it is useful for treating any disease that is inflammatory in nature such as arthritis and cardiovascular disease.
For this reason, we recommend to our clients to not only apply macadamia nut oil topically but also to take it internally, which will help to achieve that crucial essential fatty acid balance your body requires for optimal health.
So as you can see, it provides all the building blocks necessary for the health of your skin.
The beautifying benefits
Containing copious amounts of Linoleic acid which has skin rejuvenating properties. It is extremely hydrating for your skin – helping to prevent trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) from the delicate tissues. For repairing your barrier function fortify cream is our recommended moisturiser of choice, with its perfect ratio of cholesterol, ceramides, and lipids infused with macadamia, all of which work together to repair and replenish a weak fragile skin.
This oil is one of the highest sources of palmitoleic fatty acids in nature, with a concentration between 16 – 23%. Palmitoleic Acid is vital for delaying premature ageing; as our skin ages, it rapidly becomes depleted in this important fatty acid, which is why macadamia nut oil is the perfect inclusion for mature skin types.
By applying the oil topically, you will improve your skin’s palmitoleic acid levels; decreasing the rate at which your skin deteriorates, keeping it taut, and discouraging wrinkles from forming.
Balances an oily skin
Linoleic acid is also useful for balancing the sebum production on oily skin, creating a natural protective barrier. it is a non-comedogenic oil.
It contains both squalene and oleic fatty acid, which assists with cellular regeneration, making this oil particularly useful for dry or chapped skin as it softens and moisturises.
There are many phytosterols in macadamia oil, which is mostly made up of B-sitosterol.
Phytosterols are the building blocks of our cellular membrane and structure and they behave like cortisone to reduce itchiness, redness, and irritated skin.
Plant sterols also work the same way that cholesterol does in our skin, which is one of the reasons why macadamia nut oil has great skin penetration abilities.
So, just to recap:
- its chemical profile is very similar to that of human sebum
- It is a very stable oil, with a shelf life that can last up to two years
- it’s perfect for heart health, as it contains the ideal balance of essential fatty acids
- it has a non-greasy feel on the skin, which gives the oil a nice, workable protective film
- its palmitoleic and oleic acid profile makes it the perfect choice for a mature or dry skin
- phytosterols are protective, aiding in skin recovery. They work like cortisone on the skin, helping to reduce itchiness and inflammation
- the linoleic fatty acid content makes it great for a skin that has difficulty retaining moisture
The beneficial fatty acid profile is not only an important oil for your face, but it can be used as an all-over body oil, ensuring that the skin south of your face doesn’t get left out either. It’s dry enough that you can put it on without worrying about your clothes and moisturising enough that it leaves you with a slight sheen on the skin.
The composition of this rich nutty oil is oozing with phytochemical compounds like phytosterols, tocopherols, squalene, and vitamin E, which will have you looking towards warm days spent on the beach, and in the winter will help you get rid of stubborn dry patches.
So, we dare you! Smear it in, and feel the oh-so-wholesome macadamia nut love.